Jazz with Bob Perkins

Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 pm; Sunday 9 am to 1 pm

Lovingly known as “BP with the GM” (Bob Perkins with the Good Music), BP brings you that good music just in time for dinner during your work week, and keeps your Sunday brunch swinging. His selections are like a familiar hug from Jazz Land featuring your favorite standards and vocalists such as Sarah, Ella, and Nat, some Big Band legends including the Duke and the Count, and the giants of the instrumentals like Lee Morgan, Hank Crawford, Miles, and Coltrane. Take a listen to "Ol' BP" as he calls himself...you'll be back again and again.

Take a look at this photo album of Mr. Perkins through the years.

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Playlist

November 26, 2013

6:06 PM
Afternoon In Paris
Artist : Benny Golson
Album : And The Philadelphians
Label : Blue Note
6:12 PM
Flamingo
Artist : Grover Washington Jr.
Album : All My Tomorrows
Label : Columbia
6:20 PM
Estate
Artist : John Stein Trio
Album : Interplay
Label : Azica Records
6:25 PM
They Say It’s Wonderful
Artist : Little Jimmy Scott
Album : Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Label : Rhino
6:32 PM
The Way You Look Tonight
Artist : Barbara Carroll
Album : All In Fun
Label : After 9 Records
6:38 PM
In Your Own Sweet Way
Artist : Phil Woods
Album : Warm Woods
Label : Portrait
6:48 PM
My Ideal
Artist : Wynton Marsalis
Album : Think Of One
Label : Sony
6:55 PM
How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me
Artist : Erroll Garner
Album : Concert By The Sea
Label : Columbia
7:01 PM
It’s All In TheGame
Artist : Houston Person
Album : Nice 'N' Easy
Label : High Note Records
7:05 PM
I Can’t Get Started
Artist : Herb Ellis Trio w./ Hendrick Meurkens
Album : Burnin'
Label :
7:14 PM
Beven Beeps
Artist : Chet Baker
Album : Stairway To The Stars
Label : Prestige
7:19 PM
Walkin’
Artist : Urbie Green
Album : Urbie Green 6-Tet
Label : Command Records (Vinyl)
7:24 PM
The Touch Of Your Lips
Artist : Jon Mayer
Album : Nightscape
Label : Reservoir
7:34 PM
Black Coffee
Artist : Sonny Criss
Album : This Is Criss
Label : Prestige
7:41 PM
Good Morning Heartache
Artist : Carmen McRae
Album : For Lady Day
Label : Novus
7:47 PM
Dance Of The Concubine
Artist : Russell Gunn
Album : Ethnomusicology Vol 2
Label : Justin Time Records
7:55 PM
Travelin’ Light
Artist : Shirley Scott
Album : Stompin'
Label : Prestige
8:02 PM
When Your Lover Has Gone
Artist : Oscar Peterson & Ben Webster
Album : Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
Label : Verve
8:06 PM
This Is All I Ask
Artist : Teri Thornton
Album : Open Highway
Label : Columbia
8:11 PM
All The Things You Are
Artist : Stan Getz
Album : The Essential Stan Getz
Label : Verve
8:19 PM
He Knows How Much You Can Bear
Artist : Terell Stafford
Album : New Beginnings
Label : Max Jazz Records
8:28 PM
Django
Artist : Miles Davis
Album : Legrand Jazz
Label : Columbia (vinyl)
8:33 PM
Why Try To Change Me Now
Artist : Beverly Kenney
Album : Come Swing With Me
Label : Roost
8:37 PM
How High The Moon
Artist : New York Trio (Featuring Bill Charlap)
Album : The Things We Did Last Summer
Label :
8:48 PM
Quintessence
Artist : Quincy Jones
Album : Quintessence
Label : Impulse
8:53 PM
Portrait In Sound
Artist : Steve Davis
Album : Portrait In Sound
Label : Stretch Records

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:09 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall

Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:57 pm

Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Jim Hall died in his sleep Tuesday; he was 83. Hall was known for a subtle, lyrical playing style, a gift for innovation and collaborations with a host of talented musicians in a career that stretched more than seven decades.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:19 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Ella Fitzgerald's Early Years Collected In A Chick Webb Box Set

Ella Fitzgerald sings with bandleader Chick Webb in Asbury Park, N.J., in 1938.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 9:44 am

Drummer Chick Webb's 1930s orchestra terrorized competitors in band battles and sent dancers into orbit at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. They could be similarly explosive on record, but only rarely. Early on, they did have some hot Edgar Sampson arrangements that Benny Goodman would soon turn into hits, like "Blue Lou" and "Don't Be That Way." But the Webb band also had an old-school crooner, Charles Linton, with pre-jazz-age enunciation.

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Happy 80th Birthday BP!
5:49 am
Fri December 6, 2013

A Photo Album of Bob Perkins Through The Years

Bob Perkins' first radio gig at WGPR-FM in Detroit, 1964

Mr. Bob Perkins, WRTI jazz host extraordinaire, turns 80 years old today. And for 50 of those years he's been on the radio to the delight of thousands and thousands of listeners. Happy Birthday BP! We love your GM...and you!

Do you have any anecdotes about BP you'd like to share? Any birthday wishes? Please let Bob know in the comments section below. Thanks!

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WRTI Spotlight
12:30 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgivukkah on WRTI!

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah with your favorite radio station. We've got the music for the perfect holiday weekend!

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From ICON Magazine
3:19 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Bob Perkins Tells The Tommy Potter Story

Jazz bassist Tommy Potter with Charlie Byrd in NYC in the late 1940s.

Tommy Potter’s name wouldn’t get much attention in jazz circles these days...unless the gathering were comprised of musicians and jazz fans with high-mileage on their odometers. But there was a time when the mention of his name brought smiles and nods of recognition, along with enthusiastic approval.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:08 am
Mon November 11, 2013

No Need To Cook The Books: Booker Ervin's Debut LP Reissued

Booker Ervin on the cover of The Book Cooks, his debut album.
Courtesy of Bethlehem Records

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 1:42 pm

Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin came to New York in 1958. Pianist Horace Parlan heard him and invited Ervin to sit in one night with a band he worked in. That's how Ervin got hired by bassist Charles Mingus, who featured him on albums like Blues and Roots and Mingus Ah Um.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Can I Kick It? Organ Master Lonnie Smith Can

Dr. Lonnie Smith's In the Beginning, a new album that reimagines the artist's older, out-of-print work, is out now.
Susan Stocker Courtesy of the artist

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music

Charlie Parker started playing as a boy, when his mother gave him a saxophone to cheer him up after his father left. He went on to spearhead a musical revolution.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 7:40 am

Charlie "Bird" Parker was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. In his brief life, Parker created a new sound on the alto saxophone and spearheaded a revolution in harmony and improvisation that pushed popular music from the swing era to bebop and modern jazz.

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Gloria Lynne Remembered
5:33 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

BP Remembers The Glorious Jazz Vocalist Gloria Lynne

Gloria Lynne

A true jazz legend - vocalist Gloria Lynne - passed away on October 15th in Newark, New Jersey of a heart attack. She was 81.

Bob Perkins recalls how Philadelphians loved Gloria Lynne, even though she was a New Yorker, and celebrated her talent. Listen to BP's recollections of a multi-talented chanteuse, best known for her signature song, "I Wish You Love."

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Station Announcements
8:18 am
Tue September 17, 2013

WRTI's York Frequency 90.7 FM Has Relocated To 99.7 FM

New frequency coming for York, PA listeners. Service is switching soon from 90.7 FM to 99.7 FM

Great news for our York, PA listeners! As promised, we have successfully relocated our 90.7 FM frequency to 99.7 FM. Please spread the word to your family and friends! And thank you so much for listening to and supporting WRTI.

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